Obesity Prevention Summit 2012


On December 6, 2012, nearly 150 obesity prevention advocates gathered in Shoreline, WA to discuss solutions for addressing the obesity crisis in Washington State. Below you will find materials and information from this important Summit, hosted by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, its sponsor Coordinated Care, and co-hosts Seattle Children’s and the American Heart Association.

From left, top to bottom: State Health Officer Maxine Hayes delivers an eye opening keynote; CHEF’s Julie Peterson enjoys opening remarks; representatives from WA DOH, DOC, and Pierce County talk healthy food purchasing; School’s Out Washington Janet Frieling asks attendees to stand up if they think youth spend 7+ hours per day in front of a screen.

Presentations & Materials

(Click on the presentation title, or speaker if multiple presenters, for any powerpoints or handouts that were used)

  • “Making Obesity Prevention Policy Change in Olympia”, Lucy Culp – American Heart Association, Carrie Dolwick – Transportation Choices, Mike Shaw – Lobbyist & Attorney
  • “Community Approaches to Creating Healthy Beverage Environments”, Jennifer Trott-COPC, Paula Sword-Seattle Children’s, Anne Pearson, ChangeLab Solutions.  Summary: Sugary drinks are a leading cause of obesity today. Americans are drinking more sugary drinks than ever (including non-diet soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened fruit juice, vitamin drinks, etc). They are inexpensive, readily available with no nutritional value, and don’t make you full like food does. COPC launched an educational awareness campaign, Soda Free Sundays, in 2010 and is currently working with institutions to create healthier beverage environments and to implement beverage policies. Seattle Children’s is one organization who is walking the talk, and leading the families they serve by example (see this video by Dr. Lenna Liu on Seattle Children’s decision to ban sugary drinks). There many types of policy options for others interested in helping to reduce SSB consumption by impacting a broad population and changing norms (courtesy of ChangeLab Solutions): voluntary and legislative (including workplaces and institutions, schools, retail environments, restaurants, government and pricing strategies).
  • “Healthy State and Local Transportation Policy”, Blake Trask-Bicycle Alliance, Carrie Dolwick-Transportation Choices, Craig Benjamin-Cascade Bicycle Club  By creating a strong network of buses, bicycles, and pedesterianism, we enable healthy habits not just in the gym but
    through our daily lives. One of the ways to do that is by continuing to support the ability to lower speed limits in our cities, a bill will be brought up this legislative session to do just that. Cities across the country have shown that if you provide a infrastructure that is safe to use a significant number of people will chose these healthy alternative routes.
  • “Food Procurement Standards”, Lucy Asdourian-American Heart Association, Colleen Arceneaux, WA State DOH, Brent Carney-WA State Department of Corrections, Monica Dixon-Healthy Communities of Pierce County.  Summary: A lot of food is purchased by the government and government institutions, but not a lot is known about where it comes from and what standards are used to purchase it. WA State DOH has a food procurement workgroup, which is working to increase access to healthy foods at regulated institutions (including employees, educational institutions, state departments and institutionalized populations). The DOC (Department of Corrections) is an example of an agency working hard to improve food procurement.  All facilities are complying with a state menu and are producing more food themselves. The “Farm to Prison” pilot program serves fresh fruit at all meals. Healthy Communities of Pierce County have “Healthy Food Procurement Guidelines” as their number one project in a four part implementation plan. Although there is work being done, there is not a single, national set of standards for food procurement policies. We here in WA state are working hard to be leaders in healthy food procurement standards.
  • “Furthering Nutrition and Physical Activity in Child Care Settings,” Elizabeth Payne-UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, Adele Roberts-OSPI, Janet Schmidt-School’s Out Washington.  Summary: More and more research has shown that with the present economic situation in our country a significant number of children are being raised in a childcare setting. This makes these areas one of our best opportunities to encourage healthy activity and nutrition at such an early age in life, an age sadly no less effected by the high obesity rates. While a lot of work has been accomplished, there is much educational work to be done, including around both screen time for kids and using foods as a ‘rewards/punishment’ system for kids. This last point can lead to the development of a very long term negative relationship with food.Handouts in this session included State approaches to address nutrition and physical activity in childcare settings, and quiz sheet on health and childcare.
  • “Healthy Schools,” Kari Lund-OSPI, Laura Martin-Cheney School District, Colin Walker-WA Alliance for School Health Care.  Summary: Forthcoming.

Other Materials

COPC Membership form

COPC Policy Platform